Posted: 04/07/2014 at 13:38
Hard to tell, Melanie, but how big is the container your echinacea is in? It looks too big to me. Potting is best using small pots then potting on as plant grows. Plants simply do not grow if over potted.
Echinaceas, ESP the newer varieties, can be fickle. They need to produce good roots before they flower......I remove any flower stems before mid summer and then allow flowering. Echinaceas are susceptible to various diseases too, don't like being over watered,,their leaves wet or over feeding. Having said that, they need a reasonable supply of water .....I will water mine quite well during dry periods allowing the water to soak down and then water again (around the roots)
I think your echinacea therefore may ne over potted and have been overwatered. Is it growing in full sun? Or at least getting plenty of sunshine?
Pathogens causing die back and rotting as well as wilting affect echinaceas.....I've had great "fun" trying to grow the new vsrieties over recent years.